February 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Wednesday links: Plenty of talk about Mike Montgomery
Took a look today at the season-long battle at power forward, which isn’t responsible for Washington’s disappointing season, but it’s indicative of the Huskies’ troubles.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Bud Withers weighs in on the controversy surrounding California coach Mike Montgomery.
— The basketball brouhaha was big news in the Bay Area on Tuesday. However, junior guard Allen Crabbe, the “victim” in the incident continues to support Montgomery.
— Crabbe’s mother Cheryl Price told the Mercury News: “I’m probably having a hard time putting it behind me. Allen asked his dad and I to let him handle it, (saying), ‘I have to do these things myself.’ We’re letting him handle it the way he wants to.”
— Montgomery told the San Francisco Chronicle: “The whole thing is unfortunate. Unfortunately, you don’t get do-overs in this life. I would never want to diminish the focus on our basketball team. … It’s a situation I always hoped to never be in. It’s my fault. I’m a big boy. I have to live with the consequences. (I’ve had) a long time avoiding controversies.”
— More on Shovegate. The Salt Lake Tribune’s Tony Jones writes: “Montgomery is walking a fine line. Another incident like this will surely cost him games.”
— Crabbe and Cal plays at No. 23 Oregon on Thursday and he’ll likely see a lot of Ducks star freshman Damyean Dotson, who has emerged as a leader in his first year with the Ducks.
— Oregon center Tony Woods is cleared to play Thursday after being ejected from Saturday’s game against Washington State when he threw and elbow that connected with Brock Motum.
— Arizona St has played in a lot of close games. The Sun Devils are 5-4 in Pac-12 games decided by five points or fewer.
— Plenty of Pac-12 notes from Ryan Thorburn at the Daily Camera.
— Darin Johnson, who signed with the Huskies, scored 21 of 23 points in the second half to help Sacramento’s Sheldon High win a third consecutive Delta River League title and secure the No. 1 overall seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff.
— Former Washington star Isaiah Thomas has converted 43 straight free attempts for the Sacramento Kings. The team record is 51.
— Folks are still buzzing about former UW standout Terrence Ross, who won the NBA slam-dunk title Saturday.